Tracking the latest predictions for Cleveland’s top picks
Before we hit the road to Indianapolis for the 2018 NFL Combine, we’re giving one last look to the latest mock drafts that give the lay of the land before arguably the biggest pre-draft event on the calendar.
Expect these to change in a significant way in the coming weeks. Whether or not that applies to the projections regarding the Browns at No. 1 and No. 4 remains to be seen.
Mel Kiper Jr. – ESPN.com
1. QB Josh Allen (Wyoming)
4. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Of note: Kiper stood pat with Allen as his top overall selection in his second mock draft of the season. He believes Allen had a Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness strong week at the Senior Bowl and compares him to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Dane Brugler – NFLDraftScout.com
1. QB Sam Darnold (USC)
Of note: Brugler thinks Darnold’s intangibles and instincts separate him from the rest of the quarterbacks in a deep group.
Rob Rang – NFLDraftScout.com
Of note: It’s unclear where he would play in Cleveland’s system, but Fitzpatrick is viewed by most as the most talented defensive back in this year’s draft and a player capable of mastering either the cornerback or safety position.
Pete Prisco – CBSSports.com
4. RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)
Of note: Allen has been highly regarded for his big arm, and that’s why Prisco believes he’s the perfect fit for Cleveland, where the elements can play a major factor during the second half of the season.
Will Brinson – CBSSports.com
Of note: Brinson believes Darnold has the “highest ceiling and floor combination” in this year’s quarterback class and would benefit from sitting a year behind a veteran.
Albert Breer – MMQB
Of note: Breer considers Barkley to be the best overall player in this year’s draft, but he plays a “non-premium” position.
Charles Davis – NFL.com
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Mike Tanier – Bleacher Report
Of note: Tanier doesn’t predict the Browns to take a quarterback at either spot because he sees the team addressing its need in free agency.
Dan Shonka – Ourlads.com
4. QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
Of note: Even though the Browns would be taking Mayfield at No. 4, Shonka predicts he’d be the first quarterback off the board after Barkley, Fitzpatrick and NC State pass rusher Bradley Chubb.